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PNS Daily News - March 28, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues today including: word of a secret White House visit prompts calls for the House Intelligence chair to recuse himself from the Russia investigation; internet activity could be sold to the highest bidder under a bill up for a vote; and new research shows Uncle Sam is taking more from undocumented immigrants than the wealthy.

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Public News Service - TN: Animal Welfare

For the eighth time, Congress is considering legislation to increase federal protection for land in Tennesee's Cherokee National Forest. (John W. Iwanski/Flickr)

ERWIN, Tenn. - This weekend, thousands of Tennesseans and visitors packed up and hiked into thousands of acres of public lands in the state. But many of those untouched lands are unprotected from development and the effort continues to change that. The Tennessee Wilderness Act has been introduced

Cage-free poultry farms are growing in Tennessee and the rest of the country, because of major retailers such as Kroger announcing they will limit their egg sales to cage-free production. (CowgirlJules/flickr.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Animal rights groups are calling it "egg-cellent" news. Kroger – with at least 50 locations in Tennessee – is joining a growing list of businesses committing to sell only cage free eggs. In a statement, the grocer says it is making the change because its "cus

The Tennessee Department of Health and the USDA are working together to distribute rabies vaccination packets for raccoons over the next couple of weeks in parts of Tennessee. Credit: ciconroy/morguefile.com

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - If you took a hike in the wilderness this weekend, you may have noticed little blocks or packets on the ground. Those are actually vaccine packets. The Tennessee Department of Health is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to distribute them to 20 counties to help

A Mercy for Animals investigation found chickens at a Dukedom, Tennessee, farm were bred to grow so quickly they became crippled under their own weight. Credit: Mercy for Animals.

DUKEDOM, Tenn. – A Tennessee chicken farm has lost its contract to provide chickens for McDonald's through Tyson Foods, after the chicken supplier announced it was terminating its contract with the farmer. Late last week, the animal rights group Mercy for Animals released the results of an un

Dogs with canine flu may have a fever, runny nose, loss of appetite and lack of energy. Pet owners are encouraged to take their dog to the vet if it exhibits these symptoms. Photo credit: Jfellas/Morguefile.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Cases of canine flu have been confirmed in states surrounding Tennessee, including Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. While there are no confirmed cases in the Volunteer State, Dr. Melissa Kennedy of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine say

PHOTO: The University of Tennessee Extension estimates Tennessee's bee population has declined by as much as 50 percent in recent years. Photo credit: Butkovicdub/Morguefile.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee honey bees are feeling the sting of a variety of environmental factors. According to estimates from the University of Tennessee Extension, bees have seen as much as 50 percent of their population decline in recent years. Professor John Skinner, an apiculturist at the U

PHOTO: Some say it's the perfect match, older adults with older pets needing foster homes. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ashley Jerman/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For a rising number of Tennesseans, as they grow older and enter retirement and go through other major life changes, it's not a time to slow down, but a chance to seek out meaning. That may include finding ways to give back and make a difference. Tara Shaver, interim com

PHOTO: Shareholders of Cracker Barrel have voted in support of a resolution commending the restaurant chain for its plan to eliminate the use of gestation crates in its pork supply chain. Photo credit: Eli Christman

LEBANON, Tenn. - The recent decision by Cracker Barrel restaurants to remove gestation crates from its pork supply chain is earning praise from its shareholders. At Cracker Barrel's annual meeting, shareholders voted in favor of a resolution supporting the move away from the small cages, which Matt

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